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Double-murder trial a week away from jury selection

Monday, April 5th, 2010 | 4:45 pm

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Karen Smith with her son Ayden. (Facebook photo)

Karen Smith and her son Ayden. (Facebook photo) staff

The scheduled start of jury selection for the Nicholas Coopper murder trial is now just a week away.

He is accused in a 2008 double-murder that shocked Kelowna.

Coopper, then 27, was taken into custody on Dec. 17 by police who responded to a complaint of a sudden death inside a townhouse on Highway 33 in Rutland; the body of 28-year-old Karen Smith was discovered in a bedroom by her mother, who learned later that her grandson, two-year-old Ayden, was dead too.

Just one day later, Kelowna RCMP announced that Coopper, Karen’s live-in boyfriend, had been formally charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Karen’s mother has since founded The Ayden Project, which is dedicated to establishing a 24-hour drop-in day care in Kelowna, for working parents like her daughter.

Coopper was ordered to stand trial after a four-day preliminary inquiry in May 2009.

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